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UN chief: Foreign fighters in Libya are violating cease-fire

May. 15, 2021 00:18 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. chief said foreign fighters and mercenaries remain in Libya in violation of last October’s cease-fire agreement and called for their withdrawal and an end to violations of the U.N. arms embargo, saying these are “critical elements” for lasting peace in...

The Latest: Israeli airstrike on Gaza house kills at least 7

May. 14, 2021 20:31 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the stepped-up fighting between Israel and Gaza's militant Hamas rulers (all times local): GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — An Israeli airstrike on a house in Gaza City has killed at least seven Palestinians. The airstrike...

Diplomats, donors concerned about sex abuse reports at WHO

May. 14, 2021 15:08 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British, European and American diplomats and donors have voiced serious concerns about how the World Health Organization handled sex abuse allegations involving its own staff during an outbreak of Ebola in Congo, as reported this week by The Associated Press. ...

Thai PM tells UN envoy he won't push back Myanmar refugees

May. 14, 2021 11:27 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha promised a United Nations special envoy on Friday that he will not force back people fleeing violence in neighboring Myanmar, where the military ousted a democratically elected government in February. U.N. Special...

UK backs plans for in-person COP26 climate meeting

May. 14, 2021 10:47 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain hopes to host the U.N.'s delayed COP26 climate summit in person in November despite the challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the U.K. official leading the preparations said Friday. Alok Sharma, the U.K.’s president-designate of COP26,...

On Eid, Xinjiang imams defend China against US criticism

May. 13, 2021 23:30 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Muslim leaders from the Xinjiang region rejected Western allegations that China is suppressing religious freedom, speaking to foreign diplomats and media at a reception at the end of the holy month of Ramadan. The event Thursday was the latest in a series...

The Latest: US advises Americans to reconsider travel

May. 13, 2021 19:34 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the harrowing fighting between Israel and Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers (all times local): WASHINGTON - The State Department is advising Americans to reconsider any travel they may have planned to Israel and the Palestinian territories...

West and rights groups accuse China of massive Uyghur crimes

May. 12, 2021 23:32 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Human rights groups and Western nations led by the United States, Britain and Germany accused China of massive crimes against the Uyghur minority and demanded unimpeded access for U.N. experts at a virtual meeting on Wednesday denounced by China as “politically...

UN Security Council urges immediate cease-fire in Yemen

May. 12, 2021 21:46 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council called for an immediate halt to fighting in Yemen on Wednesday, saying that only a lasting cease-fire and political settlement can end the six-year conflict in the Arab world's poorest nation and the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. ...

The Latest: Netanyahu raps 'anarchy' of Jewish-Arab fighting

May. 12, 2021 17:19 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on confrontations between Israelis and Palestinians as Israel signals a widening military campaign: ___ JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is condemning the “anarchy” of Jewish-Arab violence in...